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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Charles Minnegrode Maigne

Charles Minnegrode Maigne (b. 11 Nov 1881 Richmond, VA & d 28 Nov 1929 San Francisco, CA) was the grandson of the Rev. Charles Minnegrode, a friend & spiritual advisor to Jefferson Davis.
1900: Charles Maigne enlisted in the US army, joining Captain Reilly's battery in the Philippines. He also served in the Peking campaign.
1901: Charles was commissioned and joined the 7th Cavalry in Cuba.
25 April 1905: Charles married Florence English Davidson, the youngest daughter of Mr. FJ Davidson, at St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church. Florence was described in the Washington Post as "a blond of exquisite beauty and grace."
1907: Charles was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas
1910: Charles was forced to retired from the US Army due to a physical examination. Upon his retirement, Charles & Florence lived in Washington, DC with their daughter Marianne M age 3.
1911: Charles was a professor at Oklahoma University Prep School & then at Georgia Military College.
1914: Charles was a war correspondent.
1920: 2033 Argyle, Los Angeles, CA- Charles Maigne age 36 single b. Virginia and Director- Motion Pictures; Faxon Dean (lodger) age 35 married b. NY and Cameraman- Motion Pictures; Anne Cornwall (lodger) age 23 single b. NY and Actress- Motion Pictures

August 1922: Article in the LA Times- "DIRECTOR'S SALARY IS HELD BACK" An accident three years ago finds echo in court restraining order"- the NY supreme court ordered $600 a week granted to Michael Bell (at 297 E 151st NY) for $2500 in damages against Maigne for 3 year old Rosina Bell, who was run over and killed by Maigne's automobile on 22 November 1919 in New York. At the time of the court decision, Charles Maigne was in Wyoming directing "The Cowboy and the Lady" according to his wife (Anne Cornwall) who was living at 3089 West Seventh Street (Los Angeles).

Note: Higham referred to Charles Maigne as Wm D Taylor's neighbor. However, there were indications such as the mention in the previous article (Aug 1922) of Charles & Anne's address of 3089 W. 7th Street. It is reasonable to assume that Charles was in fact Mabel's neighbor and not Taylor's. This could help explain how Mabel's maid notified Charles at 7:30am after Edna Purviance called Mabel.

29 Nov 1929: Charles Maigne died at the Letterman General Hospital in the Presidio, San Francisco, with his wife, Anne Cornwall at his bedside. Charles was buried in the Presidio with full military honors.

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